Various Artists - Reich Remixed 
Music Disc Reviews Audio CD
Written by Jason Karsh   
Tuesday, 02 March 1999

Various Artists

Reich Remixed
format: CD
label: Nonesuch Records
release year: 1999
performance: 7.5
sound 8.5
reviewed by: Jason Karsh

Would you believe that the sampling and tape loop revolution began back in the 1960’s? Well, to a large extent it’s true. Over a decade before the Bronx turned house parties on their ear with rap, and even longer before Electronica was a concept let alone a genre, Steve Reich was out in San Francisco becoming the world’s original re-mixer. Today, four decades later, DJs from all around the world have taken his music and re-mixed it into what you’ll find here.

Although none of the artists included were born when Reich began his experimentations with the ‘sounds between the sounds’ the essence of Reich’s work is captured here. Found on this album is a past-meets-present sound that most fans of Ambient music should both respect and enjoy. The artists included range from DJ Spooky, Tranquility Bass, and Howie B. to Mantronik and Nobukazu Takemura. The recording, mixing and mastering quality are all impressive, and we recommend this album with little reservation.

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